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Reporting Neighbors Running a Food Business

I live in Vegas and all up and down my street there are people selling food right out of their trunks and the back of vans and other things. My neighbor sells food right out of her apartment. People are in and out at all hours of the night. I've seen they have a full blown propane grill where they cook. I'm very concerned and want to know what I can do to go about this situation.

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May 29, 20180 found this helpful

I would report them to the Department of Health. States have strict rules for selling food.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

My recommendation is designed to protect you...just because people are crazy...and safety first is my rule of thumb!

If you do complain, try to garner support of a group of people have that group either sign a petition or go with you to attend the area's counsel or commission or whatever they call your local government officials (the group that writes laws and ordinances).

I would worry that if you go it alone, someone will think you have an ax to grind and will make it tough for you. If you have a group, it may diffuse the situation somewhat.

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Things to take forward are why the issue bothers you...for example...did you or someone you love get sick from the food...that is important to know or is it causing a traffic jam at rush hour that delayed you getting somewhere. Details are important. I find you get very little support if you say you have a problem, but offer no concrete details WHY you have the problem.

The wheel with the most information in their squeak often gets the most attention...the powers that be like info...so if you can tell a story of the problem, not just say THERE IS A PROBLEM, you may get more action.

Good luck!

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

The days they sell food are street is backed up all the way around to the next street there's never any parking available my parking space is awlays taken there's people in and out of the apartment next door at all hours of the night strangers standing in front of my apartment waiting for there food it's crazy and so unsafe they have there system on all night mind u the walls are very thin and it's like there's a club in my room

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

I have mixed feelings about this question because in the world that exists today I feel like people SHOULD be allowed to make a living however they can, without hurting anyone, which often means adhering to certain basic hygiene standards

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i'm also concerned that you have stumbled on a neighborhood where for better or worse it is the local culture to sell food like this, thus that the activites are so deeply entrenched that it will be hard, require lots of time and energy to eradicate it. It almost seems easier to moe especially if you just moved there recently

so saying you are certainly entitled to a better situation and Im certain that you are not the only one who feels this way

the main reason these ppl are a nuisance are
- aforementioned risks of food poisoning, foodborne illness, food wastes
- environmental hazards insofar as toxic smells (rancid cooking oil being one), potential fire hazards, etc
- social hazards insofar as having randos milling about your living spaces
- most likely aside from health violations, zoning violations I'm sure in regards to residential v commercial, etc

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in other wordsyou have plenty of ammo to get them shut down

the first thing, WHATEVER YOU DO, do your utmost to prevent anyone from finding out it was you who told. Nobody likes a narc and I can foresee retaliatory acts such as vandalism or worse

second, contact landlords if you are in a rental area. Most landlords expliticly forbid business occuring on rental spaces

if this is an area where people own their homes, that makes things so much more difficult. You would have to essentially narc on everyone and get the law or the health department involved. Once again, if you go this route make bloody well sure nobody suspects it's coming from you or it could go badly for you and your family

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

This is a hard situation. Is this bothering anyone else in your neighborhood? Would anyone suspect you are filing a complaint?

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I've seen sell from home but they have a sellers permit or some sort of certificate? It's a little complicated but varies depending on location.

Example: www.mountainfeed.com/.../15522693-how-to-sell-homemade-food...

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June 2, 20180 found this helpful

If you are living in a residential area then I believe you have a right to complain. With this many people involved - your neighbor and "people up and down your street" it is possible someone might/would retaliate in some manner if they become aware of who filed a complaint.

  • 1). - I am wondering how long you have lived in this apartment and was this type of "business" going on when you moved in?
  • 2). - would it be possible for you to move to another neighborhood anytime soon?
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  • 3). - Are any of these apartments/houses (yours?) rented under any government assisted programs? If this is the case then you can also complain to HUD but I am not sure they will keep your identity a secret.
  • 4). - Do you suspect that any type of illegal drugs are being sold during any of these food transactions? This is very important if there are children anywhere near this type of operation.
  • 5). - Does this type of food business go on in the next blocks over or does your street appear to be the main area?
  • I am asking these questions for you to think about before you file a complaint as some answers to these circumstances may make a difference in how/when/who to complain to.
  • You can file a complaint online or in person. I would urge you to make your first statement in a complaint to say that you fear retaliation and do not want your name or address to be given to anyone other than anyone with "need to know".
  • As a general rule the complaint would remain anonymous but just to be sure please make them understand how you feel.
  • If any of these links are not in your area then call them and ask for information for your county.
  • First - telephone number: 1-800-262-2633 Just in case you wish to talk to someone before filing a complaint.
  • Here are several sites to check out but some look complicated to follow so just go with any that look like something you can complete. Even a little information to the right people should get a response.
  • www.clarkcountynv.gov/.../CodeEnforcementComplainForm.aspx
  • dsnet.co.clark.nv.us/.../complaints.html
  • Here are the code rules for noise control in your city so you can see that you have a right to complain.
  • library.municode.com/.../code_of_ordinances?searchRequest...
  • If nothing is done then I would suggest you go or call one of your main TV station companies and tell them what is going on and that you need help but no one has done anything in your area.
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